New Twist

Posted on | December 21, 2008 | 5 Comments

I know I’m super late posting about this, but the winter issue of Twist is up. I have two patterns in it this time, Broderie and Garbo. I’m so excited to be a part of this new online magazine; it’s such an honor to have my designs alongside the knits of the wonderful designers featured in this issue.

Broderie is a delicate lace cardigan with wide bands of leaf lace bordering the front edges and high waist. The lace band at the waist is knit first and then stitches are picked up above and below the band for the body. The rest of the cardigan is worked in an allover stitch called the wildflower knot, which I thought particularly appropriate given the leaf shapes traced out in the lace bands. I had a lot of fun knitting this. And because the body is knit in one piece and the sleeves are knit in the round up to the sleeve cap shaping, there’s very little seaming and finishing to do at the end. The cardigan is closed with two buttons at the waistband. For fun and because I personally like getting a peek into the origins of a design, I’ll post my original sketch for this cardigan with a few notes about the details scribbled out in the margin:

By the way, thanks to those who responded to my last post. I don’t usually like to bring politics into my blog, but I still can’t believe California passed Prop 8. Love and functional families are already so difficult to come by, that I don’t think the State should really have a say in what shape they come in. I can’t believe, for example, that as recently as the 70s there were laws that prohibited interracial marriages. In another decade (and hopefully sooner), the idea that same sex marriages were banned will be as unfathomable to our children as the ban on interracial marriage seem to us today.


5 Responses to “New Twist”

  1. gleek
    December 21st, 2008 @ 7:09 pm

    both of your designs are just lovely!

  2. kat coyle
    December 21st, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

    great sweaters! i think lace weight would scare people but it sounds cool. by the way, i love the fiddlesticks yarn too :)

    I agree with all your statements about prop 8.

    happy holidays,

  3. Veronique
    December 22nd, 2008 @ 9:31 am

    Oh, so that’s the knit that you wanted to use tsumugi silk for! Love your sketches :)

  4. Angela
    December 23rd, 2008 @ 9:51 am

    It's so much fun to see your sketches and compare them to the finished designs– both beautiful!

    Are you in Italy now? Saluta Maurizio per me! Tanti auguri per Buon Natale & Buone Feste– mangiate bene e divertitevi!

  5. Jessica
    December 27th, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    Thanks for including your sketches! I’m always totally fascinated by design sketches, I don’t know why. ;) And congrats again on two more classic and beautiful designs!

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